Busy Doing Nothing?, Claudia Hammond

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Claudia Hammond’s new book, The Art of Rest, looks at how we can learn to rest better and use rest to recharge ourselves more effectively. As an author, broadcaster and psychology lecturer, Claudia is undoubtedly a busy person. She’s learnt that taking breaks to do something you enjoy, such as gardening in her case, can […]

From university dropout to inspiration

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Izzy Radford In November 2018, I dropped out of University after six weeks. I aim to help young people at highly academic schools realise that going straight to university isn’t the only option. I want to encourage people to think critically and evaluate their options rather than just following the crowd, and how to navigate the real world […]

The Value of Happiness, Lord Layard

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Richard Layard is an Emeritus Professor at the London School of Economics where he is also Director of the Wellbeing Programme, as well as a member of the House of Lords and the co-founder of Action for Happiness. His books include Happiness: Lessons from a New Science, and Thrive. Lord Layard began his career as […]

A conversation with Sadhguru

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Head Talks was delighted to partner with How:to Academy on a rare public event with the visionary yogi Sadhguru in London recently. If you didn’t manage to attend, you can view the on-stage discussion between Sadhguru and BBC World News host Yalda Hakim in this video. Their conversation covered a spectrum of issues relevant today […]

Being brave is beautiful, Petra Velzeboer

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Petra Velzeboer was brought up in a cult, the Children of God. Lacking education but feeling that she was meant to save the world, she used alcohol and drugs to try to cope. Lonely after the birth of her children, she reached rock bottom but realised she had a choice. Petra chose to pursue happiness. […]

How Altruism Rewires the Brain for Happiness

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How Altruism Rewires the Brain for Happiness Neuroscientific research suggests that the brain is wired for altruism, offering a reward whenever we do nice things for others. If you can understand how your behaviour affects your mental wellbeing, then you can start to pick up new habits which encourage personal development. There are many causes of low […]

Belonging To Something Bigger Than Yourself, Jane Lunnon

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Headmistress The Head of Wimbledon High School, Jane Lunnon, says that the world has changed for her pupils. The old certainties of society aren’t there any more — what fills the gaps is often social media. Jane says young people need breaks from comparing themselves to their peers. Nothing, she says, beats a really good […]

The Happiest Homeless Man in London

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The happy and homeless man named Race C Calmer. His goal is to make people smile, with his legendary motto ‘Don’t worry, be happy and smile, because you are AMAZING.’ Look out for him near Oxford Street!  

The Mindful Entrepreneur, Rohan Gunatillake

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He is the founder of hit apps buddhify and Sleeplessness. A highly original and creative entrepreneur, talker, writer and overall Mindfulness octopus who has been named ‘one of the people who will change the world.’ Mostly however, Rohan Gunatillake teaches us how to integrate Mindfulness and the modern digital fast lane. How to insert the […]

The Proven Power of Being Kind, Dr. Kristin Neff

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The Self-Compassion Pioneer Having compassion for oneself is really no different than having compassion for others, says Dr. Kristin Neff. Yet we turn out not to be very good at the first. Neff, a leading expert on self-compassion, is an associate professor at the University of Texas in Austin. She is a professor, bestselling author […]

The Impossible: Controlling Mind and Body, Wim Hof

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The Iceman He has left scientists baffled. His ability to control his heart rate and brave extreme temperatures (breaking numerous world records, including the longest ice bath) has earned him the nickname ‘The Iceman’.  Now Dutch daredevil Wim Hof has set out to spread the potential health benefits -mental as well as physical- of his […]

Unravelling Stress, Paul Loomans

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Time Surfer In a time when we seem to drown in a wave of busyness, Zen monk Paul Loomans asks the essential: How can I ride the wave instead? A former theatre actor and director, Loomans is the founder of Unravelling Stress in Amsterdam, where he works with individuals and groups to regain a sense […]